Description: The Gospel of John would seem to be both the “spiritual Gospel” and a Gospel that promotes Christian mission. Some interpreters, however, have found John to be the product of a sectarian community that promotes a very narrow view of Christian mission and advocates neither love of neighbor nor love of enemy. In this book for both the academy and the church, Michael Gorman argues that John has a profound spirituality that is robustly missional, and that it can be summarized in the paradoxical phrase “Abide and go,” from John 15. Disciples participate in the divine love and life, and therefore in the life-giving mission of God manifested in the ministry and death of Jesus. As God’s children, disciples become more and more like this missional God as they become like his Son by the work of the Spirit. This spirituality, argues Gorman, can be called missional theosis.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Theological Approaches, Ethics, Theological Interpretation
Review by Dorothy A. Lee
Citation: Dorothy A. Lee, review of Michael J. Gorman, Abide and Go: Missional Theosis in the Gospel of John, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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